PhantomAlert Claims Google's Waze Violates Its Copyrights

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Today's topics include Google’s Waze being sued for copyright infringement, the FAA's release of beta app to help drone pilots map out safe flights, Lenovo announces its latest devices, and IBM brings Watson to the US Open.

Mobile traffic app vender PhantomAlert filed suit against Google subsidiary Waze for allegedly stealing some the company's data and using the information in its own product.

In a copyright infringement lawsuit filed in a California federal court this week, PhantomAlert accused Waze of copying PhantomAlert's Points of Interest database in its entirety and incorporating the data into Waze's traffic app in a modified form.

Making the skies safer for commercial and private aircraft is the goal of a new beta B4UFLY mobile app from the Federal Aviation Administration that offers to help drone pilots ensure safe flight paths for their unmanned aircraft systems.

B4UFLY is a free app that is being offered by the FAA for beta testing by up to 1,000 unmanned aircraft users, including drone pilots and model aircraft hobbyists, to provide up-to-date information on hazards and restrictions in the area when they fly their drones or model planes.

Lenovo has refreshed its mobile computing lineup with several new ThinkPad Yoga convertible models for enterprise users, a new 12-inch business tablet, four new business laptops and its latest Chromebook.

The new devices, which were announced by the company Sept. 2 just before the IFA 2015 conference in Berlin, include the ThinkPad Yoga 260, the ThinkPad Yoga 460, the Ideapad 300 and 500 laptops, the Ideapad 100S, 300S and 500S laptops, the MIIX 700 12-inch tablet and the Lenovo 100S Chromebook.

For more than 20 years, IBM has collaborated with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to continuously improve on the way millions of fans experience the US Open.

This year, new technologies are helping to capture, analyze and deliver real-time scores and insights to fans of the 2015 US Open, which is currently taking place in Flushing, N.Y.

IBM is exploring ways to deploy its Watson cognitive computing technology to enhance the fan experience, both for those courtside and for those watching from home or keeping up on the action on their mobile devices.


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